Lord Hanningfield, who served nine weeks of a nine-month sentence in 2011 for falsely claiming £28,000 in parliamentary expenses, suggested it was normal practice for peers to "clock-in" and that "I can name 50 that do it. I see the same people go in and out as I do. I don't want to be persecuted."
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said:
Lots of peers go in and check in for their expenses, but they are using their expenses for a lot of things, entertaining, meeting people, employing people.
Clocking in and out of Parliament is only part of being a peer.
By the time I have people at home to help, time I have people in the House of Lords to help me, I spend something like £150 a day on expenses, so I don't really make any profit.
I have to live, don't I? I don't do anything else. How do you think I am going to eat, how am I going to pay my electricity bills?
My income from the Lords will be about £30,000 a year, I pay about that in £18,000 in expense to other people, I'll end up with £12,000 a year."
I can name 50 that do it. I see the same people go in and out as I do. I don't want to be persecuted.